Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I’ve not been able to work out for a FREAKING MONTH, and it’s driving me batshit insane. I’ve become somewhat more of a fidgety mess. Most things in my life have suffered for my lack of movement. Being on the *insertsportsingacronymforhealthrelatedbenchinghere* list, has taken its toll. 1, I’ve gained a few pounds. 3. I’ve gained three pounds of pure baking and chocolate. 2, I can’t find one of my running bras. I’m sure this is related. It was my favorite one. Turquoise-striped, racerback, padded. As fucking perfect as Mary Effing Poppins.
I’ve reorganized all my spices only to realize I’ve forgotten to replenish some of my favorites. This is distressing to me.
I’m beginning to snack mindlessly again.
Liz Lemon is my spirit animal.
It’s not good all around. In an effort to not attempt to lose my shit entirely, and practice Ahimsa as per the order of the FB group I’m a part of, I found myself reading and re-reading Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone’s book, What You Can, When You Can.
Initially, I wasn’t certain whether or not I’d review #wycwyc on B2B. I was really worried I wouldn’t like it. I thought “yeah, yeah, yeah…I love you, Carla, but ‘take the stairs, park far far away, eat some broccoli.'” I’ve heard it. I’ve done it. NEXT!
However, dear sweet baby of Zeus and Hera did I ever stupidly underestimate this book. It’s so much more than walkplayeatbetterhavemoresex.
Here’s the blurb:
We all know we should eat better, exercise more, get better quality rest, and so on. Tell us something we don’t know, right? After all, every statistic we have about Americans and our health proves that no matter how good our intentions are, we are failing to change the habits that undermine our well-being. But how do we achieve our healthy living goals when they’re so daunting? Who has the time, the willpower, the resources to do all that nutritious eating, muscle building, restful sleeping, and work-life balancing?
Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone have the answer to that—the answer is you. You have the power to make healthier living easy and exciting, just by adopting one simple mantra: “What you can when you can.” It’s all you need.
What You Can When You Can (#wycwyc) is a book, a movement, a mindset, and a lifestyle—one that harnesses the power of small steps to let you achieve your health and fitness goals on YOUR terms. The #wycwyc (pronounced “wickwick”) philosophy applies to anything and everything that contributes to a healthy, happy life: nutrition, exercise, physical and mental rejuvenation, and so much more.
Reading the book was like a wakeup call. It’s NOT just about taking the stairs or grilling my tofu. It’s the attitude and desires behind it. It’s about knowing that trying is really as important as they make it out to be in primary school.
It’s about how this guy is apparently an asshole:
I always knew he was shifty. Hundreds of years old, talking backwards.
It begs the question: “What is it, that I’m doing right now, that is motivating me towards being better? Can a few simple things improve it? Probably.”
I began to think about it in a larger context. In regards to the Ahimsa I am trying to incorporate into my life. The Drake Equation of Life, as it were. How can I improve not only myself and my family, but bigger things like my city, my state, my planet, its people by looking at things in a microscope?
I can walk more, clean more, do it with all-natural products. I can bring my own bags, when I walk to the store, and remember silly things like how much my daughter loves to watch lemons bubble up in the microwave when I clean it.
I can eat less meat, (that’s a huge one for me right now. I’m considering cutting it out entirely and permanently. I know not everyone can–indigenous regions/hunter-gatherer tribes, etc. But I can.)
I can *gasp* take books out from the library. For one thing, my husband will stop sending me screenshots of our bank account which look like this:
*Amazon $ .99
It’s like I needed the reminder that my TBR is out of control. Pshhh. KNEW THAT ALREADY, HUSBAND!
I can send my laundry out less. (JUST KIDDING!)
I can drink less milk, less Dunkin (cha ching!), less Tito’s. (insert sad face. very sad face. A slav with no vodka is a very sad thing.)
I can learn to live without so that I can learn to appreciate more. I can help others by helping myself. Not only me, but future generations.
Why can’t hamburgers NOT be one of the world’s fiercest sources of pollution. WHYYYYYYYYYY?!??!
Four well-thought out stars.
The recipe inspired by the book!
SIMPLE! DELICIOUS! CAN BE ENTIRELY STORE-BOUGHT AND YOU MAY PRETEND YOU MADE IT FROM SCRATCH!
you naughty minx, you. 😉
Healthy and Quick Stuffed Waffles
These are a REALLY easy process. Roll out room temp pizza dough into 6″-1/3″ circles. (I used vegan, whole grain dough.) Stuff with a 1/4 cup stuffing (ideas below) and spread to 1/2″ from edges and pinch shut tightly. Spray a waffle iron that’s been placed on a jelly roll pan, *because it may leak some* with cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray) and turn that iron all the way up. Cook 5-7 minutes, remove gingerly with a few butter knives and spatula.
Homemade Almond Butter and jam
Goat/Cream cheese and fruit.
veggies and CHEESE.